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Jolly Papa Interviews

Ras Ziah Ayubu

10 July 2019

Ras Ziah Ayubu is the lead singer, composer and rhythm guitarist for DC’s premier roots rasta crew Proverbs Reggae Band. Born and raised on the island of St. Vincent in the Grenadines, Ras Ziah has been making conscious music for decades at home, in NYC and since 2000 in Washington DC. We chatted about Ziah’s […]

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Massama Dogo

19 June 2019

Massama Dogo is a Togolese musician, songwriter, bandleader and old friend who has been making African music in the DC area for 20+ years. His group Elikeh features a more pan-Afro sound, incorporating Afrobeat, Highlife, Funk, Rap, Reggae and more. They have been tearing up festivals and clubs in the region for years. His newer […]

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Black Gold: Past & Present

29 May 2019

Man oh man. This was a fun day at the radio station! “Black Gold: Past & Present” is a cultural exchange between musicians residing in the District of Columbia and Dakar Senegal. Local bandleader Jean-Francis Varre of Sahel received a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities to bring to life the […]

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Sylvie Ngassa Bello

22 May 2019

Our guest this week was Sylvie Qwasinwi Ngassa Bello,¬†Founder and CEO of the Cameroon American Council (CAC). Since 2010 the CAC has been forwarding its mission to build capacity, relevance and visibility in African communities in the USA through its three signature programs: Arts Outreach, Health Advocacy and Capacity Building. We discussed the immigrant experience […]

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JEHO

8 May 2019

JEHO is a DC-based Nigerian-American artist turning heads with his songwriting chops, smooth vocals, production and video editing skills. Raised in Southern Maryland JEHO was inspired by his older brother’s musical life and taught himself to write songs, sing, play multiple instruments, dance, produce tracks, and videos. Since graduating from Ryken High School in Southern […]

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Paulette Mpouma

24 April 2019

Cameroonian Paulette Mpouma is the DC-based inventor & entrepreneur of “The Africa Memory Game,” a fun board game “for ages 6-104” based on facts and knowledge about the length and breadth of Africa. Paulette’s ever-expanding inventory includes several African country-specific games, dolls from a women’s collective in Cote d’Ivoire, raffia sculptures from a Malagasy artist, […]

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Munit Mesfin

10 April 2019

Munit Mesfin is a DC-based Ethiopian singer/songwriter whose music is a refreshing synthesis of Ethiopian roots and the global perspective of having been raised around the world. Munit performed for many years with German guitarist Jorg in an Ethio-soul acoustic duo that was unique on the Addis scene. They recorded two albums and toured in […]

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Daniel Dzidzonu

20 March 2019

Daniel Dzidzonu is a Togolese trumpeter/composer with a mission to get #backtoauthenticity in African music. In particular he is at the vanguard of a new era Afrobeat movement currently spanning the globe. His compositions pay exquisite homage to heroes Hugh Masekela, Fela Kuti and Manu Dibango while injecting new themes and textures into the Afrobeat […]

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Reginald Cyntje

13 March 2019

DC jazz trombonist, composer, producer and educator Reginald Cyntje grew up on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He started playing in 7th grade, gravitating to the trombone for both its uniqueness as an instrument and its ubiquity in the island’s quelbe and calypso music. He absorbed everything he could, went on to advanced degrees in music, […]

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Akoeba

20 February 2019

Togolese singer/songwriter Akoeba has a passion for music that started very early in life. She began performing at the age of 5, joining with friends to form the group “Les Oiseaux du Monde” while living in Abidjan. When her family moved back to Togo at age 11 Akoeba joined another group, “Hot Girls,” singing and […]

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